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About Lost Book Productions


Lost Book Productions was established in 2001 by writer and filmmaker, James Manning, and artist and cinematographer, Chris Kelly. The business name, Lost Book Productions, was inspired by the sense of adventure and mystery in discovering an untold story. Originally intended as a production title for their films, the unique nature of their first feature film, Barney (2010), beckoned a new production title and Lead the Way Films was born.

In 2011, James Manning began production on his first documentary, Last Store Standing. As a film buff and video rental store enthusiast, he knew he could not sit idle as video rental stores began to close around the world.

In 2020, James Manning’s debut novel was published under the pen name J. P. Manning. Eleven Arrows is Book 1 in his Guardians of the East Trilogy. Books 2 and 3 are set to be released in 2021. Click the Reader Sign Up button if you’d like to receive a free limited early release copy in exchange for an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads.

You can discover more about these projects by navigating this page and finding the links to associated Facebook pages. There is an email link at the bottom of the page if you can’t find the information you are looking for. Thank you for visiting Lost Book Productions.

Guardians of the East Trilogy

1850 AD. English archaeologist, Fred Baker, becomes embroiled in the ancient past when he is invited to read a manuscript that survived the fall of the Great Library of Alexandria. The untitled text chronicles the lives of the Guardians; a tribe dedicated to the protection of traders during the reign of the Akkadians, the world’s first empire. When an Akkadian army crosses the mighty Zagros Mountains to forge a stronghold in the East, only the Guardians stand in their way.

The Guardians of the East Trilogy is an epic historical fiction adventure, shrouded in mystery and the brutality of a world in upheaval. This is an adventure that challenges written history—a lost book that will reveal long hidden secrets.

Click the Reader Sign Up button if you’d like to receive a free limited early release copy in exchange for an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. Books 2 and 3 are set to be released in 2021 and you could be the first to read and critique these novels. Avid readers are also encouraged to sign up.

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Last Store Standing

Last Store Standing is about the rise and demise of video rental stores around the world. From the oldest to the largest rental store in the world, the documentary captures the nostalgia of growing up in the age of the video store. Through on-location interviews with store owners, actors and industry representatives Last Store Standing immortalizes this important time in history and brings to question the future of the film industry.


About Lead the Way Films

Lead the Way Films Pty. Ltd. was established in 2010. It is the realisation of a dream for the founders, Chris Kelly and James Manning, who had a vision to create a unique film company, encouraging interaction between the plot and the viewer. All movies produced under this title offer the viewer an opportunity to influence the story’s events and final outcomes.

Lead the Way Films’ mission is to always create something unique and entertaining for an audience constantly seeking escapism and adventure. In April 2012, the 1st Lead the Way Film, BARNEY, was released on DVD.


BARNEY, the 1st Lead the Way Film, takes you to the peak of one of Australia's tallest mountains and down into the depths of the formidable mountain's fertile gorge. When the main characters, Sam and Andy, witness two strangers burying, what looks to be a body, the real adventure begins.

Seven possible endings are dependent on the decisions viewers make, using their DVD remote control.

1. Will you run and hide,

2. Take a picture and sneak away, or

3. Confront the strangers? This is just the first decision.

Barney was released straight to DVD and the limited release sold out apart from a few extra copies retained by the creators.